By Karen Savage
With climate liability suits filed by nearly two dozen municipalities now proceeding in state, federal and appellate courts across the country, there’s a lot to keep up with. Here’s a quick look at where the cases stand and what we’ll be following in the coming weeks.
A suit filed by the counties of Boulder and San Miguel and the city of Boulder against ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy is proceeding in state court, with a hearing on a motion to dismiss filed by the companies is scheduled for June 1.
The defendants have appealed the ruling by a federal court judge that the case belongs in state court. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments last month and a decision is pending.
Rhode Island’s suit against Exxon, BP, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and more than a dozen other fossil fuel companies is proceeding in state court, but the companies are continuing to appeal to move them to federal court. In state court, both sides have completed briefs on the defendants’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. Briefing is underway on motions to dismiss for personal jurisdiction, also filed by the defendants. Oral arguments have not yet been scheduled.[Read more…]